I am a few months in into my first teaching gig, and I absolutely LOVE my job. I know I picked the right career path! However, I am concerned about how loud middle school students are in the classroom. Sometimes, I will ask them why are they being so loud and they will look surprised, like they're just being their normal selves and I think they are sincerely surprised! I have been trying lots of methods that I found online and they seem to only work for the MOMENT. After a few minutes, the kids are back up to their shouting. And they're only taking to the kid in front of them! I guess a part of the problem is I teach art and making art while completely silent is a miserable experience. It's not like math, you don't need to sit there and focus, you need to express yourself and feel free and loose. Am I just out of luck and am I going to just have to deal with the high noise level for ever?! Or should I put my foot down and make them work in silence?